Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spent part of his Monday night answering questions about ice cream and scotch on Reddit. His AMA (ask me anything) was a hit among Packers fans and even drew the attention of Bears safety HaHa Clinton-Dix.
Rodgers, who promoted his AMA on Instagram Monday afternoon, elicited replies from fans and even former teammates like quarterback Brett Favre. But it was Clinton-Dix who won the day.
"What are the first 15 plays for Sunday's game?" Clinton-Dix asked.
Shooter's shoot. And Clinton-Dix took his shot.
The Bears will need all the help they can get to slow down Rodgers and Green Bay's offense, which has been supercharged by running back Aaron Jones in recent weeks. In the Packers' Week 14 win over the Redskins, Jones ran for 134 yards, added 58 more as a receiver and scored two touchdowns. He'll be a big challenge for a Bears defense that'll be without its two starting inside linebackers Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan.
But Sunday's game, as always, will come down to stopping (or at least containing) Rodgers. He owns a 17-5 regular-season record against Chicago and has thrown for 5,359 yards, 46 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions in those contests.
So, yeah, it'd be great if Rodgers could send Clinton-Dix the early game script.
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Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky is entering the most important offseason of his NFL career. Naturally, he needs to be 100% healthy in order to hold off competition that's expected to be added by GM Ryan Pace via free agency or the NFL draft.
In order to get there, Trubisky underwent offseason surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Trubisky was originally injured in Week 4's win over the Vikings.
The good news is the surgery was on his non-throwing shoulder. And while it'll be a few months before he's back to full strength, it's not nearly as severe as it would've been had it been his right side.
Trubisky's 2019 regular season was defined by regression. He took a step back in every major category, including completion percentage, yards and touchdowns. He didn't run nearly as much either, as his rushing totals dipped from 421 yards in 2018 to just 193 last year.
The Bears are one of the first teams connected to almost every big-name free-agent quarterback likely to hit the open market, and they've also been mentioned as a club that could potentially trade back into the first round if a quality quarterback prospect begins to slip in the 2020 NFL draft. Needless to say, the pressure's on No. 10.
We haven't seen enough from a healthy Trubisky to consider him a starting-quality player at this point, so a less-than-full-strength version of the 2017 second overall pick would've all but doomed his chances at holding onto the starting job this summer.
Minshew Mania took the NFL by storm in 2019, and it almost happened in Chicago.
Minshew told Fansided's Mark Carmen that the Bears were the only other team besides the Jacksonville Jaguars that he had a formal meeting with at the 2019 Scouting Combine. "I loved it, meeting with (Matt) Nagy and all those guys," Minshew said. "They were awesome. We got to talk some really good ball. For a while, I thought that was going to be a real possibility. But you know what? I ended up right where I was supposed to be."
The rookie sixth-round quarterback from Washington State enjoyed an unexpected rise to stardom after replacing an injured Nick Foles in the Jaguars' starting lineup. He was an effective NFL quarterback who threw for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 starts.
Minshew is one of the first names mentioned when formulating a Bears offseason quarterback strategy, too. He represents the Day-3 upside pick that GM Ryan Pace should try to find in 2020, even if Chicago adds a veteran to compete with Mitch Trubisky this summer.
Hindsight is 20/20, but had the Bears actually pulled the trigger on Minshew last year, there's little doubt he would've ascended to QB1 and never looked back. He proved in just 12 starts in 2019 that he has a more natural feel for the pocket and a better playmaker's mentality than Trubisky, who's logged 41 regular-season starts in three seasons in Chicago.
It's also worth noting the amount of time the Bears spent with Minshew, considering one of the knocks against him was the offense he was coming from. Mike Leach's system at Washington State isn't known for producing quality NFL starters, but Chicago's willingness to meet with Minshew suggests they might also be willing to give long consideration to Anthony Gordon, who excelled under Leach as a Cougar in 2019 with 5,579 yards and 48 touchdowns.
At least we know the Bears did some homework on quarterback prospects in 2019. Now, it's time to deliver results and not allow another Minshew-type gem slip away.